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Coach Teresa, How do I fix my children’s story? Agent says it’s too episodic.

In my previous blog post about how to remedy an episodic storyline  . . . here’s an argument from one of my clients who writes children’s books . . .

“But kids aren’t that sophisticated, are they? Shouldn’t stories for that age group be episodic?”

Coach Teresa here . . .  Kids know what a good story is, especially if they’ve read the timeless classics (to name a few:  The Hobbit; The Wind In the Willows; Charlotte’s Web; The Phantom Tollbooth; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What are other memorable children’s books? Wordsworth the Poet by Frances Kakugawa is a contemporary favorite of mine )

Also, keep in mind that a children’s story has to hook adults (agents, acquisition editors, publishers, booksellers, reviewers, shoppers).  How do you hook adult-readers, even if you choose to be your own publisher?

Answer:  Create memorable characters and follow screenwriting teacher Terrel Seltzer’s advice:  “Someone we care about wants something badly and is having a terrible time getting it.”

Here’s my post from May 26, 2011 about Terrel

I encourage you to set the stage.  Give the reader sensory details—not only sight and hearing but also taste, smell and touch.

To create a story with thematic significance, let your metaphors / similes / inferences move your story forward or provide clues.

 

 

 

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Want to attract agents  & publishers?  Want to be your own publisher?

Email:  writingcoachTeresa    at    gmail.com

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Coach Teresa  LeYung-Ryan loves to edit:

  • novels & memoirs with feisty protagonists and universal messages;
  • children’s novels that help young readers understand their feelings and build self-confidence

 

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Coach Teresa here to announce that I have changed the cover price of the print edition of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW from $22 to $12.96

Why? When the workbook was $22, folks had to pay for Amazon.com’s shipping or buy another item to reach $25 for free shipping.  If you already have my workbook (Thank you! And please tell me how you’re building your platform by submitting a comment to this post!). . . . maybe as holiday gifts for yourself and a friend . . .  get another book on writing (like The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master or Blockbuster Plots: Pure & Simple — both books by Martha Alderson or any of the books I recommend click here to see or a movie to study dialogue as I discussed in my post of Nov. 12, 2011) for yourself and Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days for a friend who needs to reach out, not stress out, to build platform/fanbase/client-base.

If your friend prefers Ebook edition it is $9.81

A note to folks who shop only at brick-and-mortar bookstores . . .  I support independent bookstores and encourage writers to do the same. Independent booksellers order books through their distributors and if their distributors do not list the book you want, then your independent bookseller can’t order the book for you. BookShop West Portal in San Francisco carries my workbook and my novel Love Made of Heart.

Example:  If you go to http://www.laurelbookstore.com/ (one of my favorite booksellers) and key in my name [ Teresa LeYung Ryan ] in the search box, you’ll see both my workbook and my novel in their database because Laurel Book Store’s distributor lists the titles.

A note to writers:  If there are bookstores near you, do visit them.  Study new releases (front cover, back cover, jacket copy, table of contents, read the first page) whether you are considering self-publishing or not; let booksellers know you support them; attend readings, meet other folks who are interested in what you’re interested about. The feature-author at a reading could turn into a mentor/advisor; everyone you meet could turn into your fans.

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps fiction and nonfiction writers build their platforms and fanbases before and after publication--photo by MKWL

Please tell your friends who live in the San Francisco Greater Bay Area that I will be at these forums (click here for full schedule and details):

Dec. 1, 2011 San Francisco Public Library-Main Branch

Jan. 8, 2012 California Writers Club-Redwood Branch in Santa Rosa  “Writing-Career-Make-Over with Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan”

Jan. 12, 2012 teleseminar for National Association of Memoir Writers

February 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference

March 24, 2012 Women’s National Book Association presents “Meet the Agents/Speed Dating with Agents”  Teresa LeYung-Ryan will coach registrants on how to pitch.

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Please visit my website http://writingcoachteresa.com

If you wish to email me, I’m writingcoachTeresa at gmail.com

Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!

 

 

Network with authors, illustrators, writers and publishers organizations, booksellers, librarians, educators–all readers, all Celebrating the Literary Arts & Promoting Literacy at the Sonoma County Book Festival.

Teresa LeYung Ryan, Amy Gorman, Kate Farrell, Rita Lakin, Pat Windom, Marcia Canton had fun together at Sonoma County Book Festival 2 years ago. This year Teresa shares Booth #34 with Kate Farrell & Margie Yee Webb

Old Courthouse Square, Fourth Street and Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

September 24, 2011  10:00am – 4:00pm

Click here for schedule.  Click here for list of exhibitors and booth numbers.

While Kate Farrell, Margie Yee Webb and I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) will be at our booth #34 (on 4th Street near Mary’s Pizza Shack) from 10:00am–4:00pm; and on the Redwood Reading Stage 1:45-2:00pm Margie Yee Webb & Teresa LeYung-Ryan; 2:00-2:45pm Kate Farrell . . .

Redwood Writers VillageReading Circle Stage
10 a.m. The Sitting Room
11 a.m. Broad Universe: Rapid Fire Readings
11:30 Journalists, Bloggers, New Journalism
Noon: Redwood Writers Memoir Contest Winners
12:30 Sisters in Crime
1:00 Vintage Voices Anthology
1:45 Women’s National Book Association (Margie Yee Webb & Teresa LeYung-Ryan)
2:00 Wisdom Has a Voice Anthology (Kate Farrell)
3:00 Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn.
3:30 Book Festival Raffle – Grand Prize Winner
3:45 Redwood Writers Raffle Winner Reading

 

La Rosa Restaurant Tequileria & Grille
500 Fourth Street

10 a.m. Book Biz Panel
11:15 Break
11:30 Shots Happen: A Mix of Mystery Writers
12:45 Break
1:00 The Sky Is High and So Am I: Alternative Subjects Panel
2:15 Break
2:30 Maxine Hong Kingston with the Veterans Writing Group

 

For the book festival’s full schedule: Click here

Other presenters will be at:

Central Library Forum Room–Sonoma County Library
211 E Street

Corrick’s
637 Fourth Street

Mary’s Pizza Shack, Party Room
615 Fourth St.
Young Adult Program

Literary Arts Guild Tent
Courthouse Square

Main Stage
Courthouse Square

Peanuts Pavilion, Courthouse Square
Children’s Program

Ongoing throughout day:
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Treasure Hunt
Schulz Museum Drawing Booth
Learn to draw Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, Disney princesses and more!

 

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa

Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

$9.81 for ebook; $22 for print edition

Love Made of Heart inspiring adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families.

As a manuscript consultant, Teresa LeYung-Ryan loves helping writers identify their themes and archetypes.

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung

Teresa on facebook!  She’s also involved in Women’s National Book Association and California Writers Club.

 

Here’s a tip from me—Writing Career Coach Teresa… One way to build your name/platform is to write book reviews.  Who reads book reviews?  Book buyers, book sellers, teachers, librarians, agents, publishers, sales reps, wholesalers, distributors, and of course your fans/readers.

My clients ask me:  “How do I write book reviews on Amazon to build my name/platform?”

To write a review for a book listed on Amazon.com:
After you get to the Amazon-page dedicated to the book, scroll down and look for the rectangular button: Create your own review
You’ll be asked to sign-in. If you don’t want an account at Amazon, then, you can’t write reviews on Amazon.
After you sign-in, you’ll be asked:
Are you over 13?
Then, you’re asked: “How do you rate this item?” 1 to 5 stars

Example: I studied Christy Pinheiro’s & Nick Russell’s book The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit! Start Your Own Home-Based Publishing Company and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book with CreateSpace and Amazon

I rated Christy Pinheiro’s & Nick Russell’s book 5-stars
The title of the review I used: Most Helpful Guide on Self-Publishing
My review:
“Thank you, Christy Pinheiro & Nick Russell, for helping me through my self-publishing journey with your wonderful ‘page-turning’ guide on how to succeed in the Amazon CreateSpace program. Your tips, especially on identifying a publisher’s name and your interviews with other experts, were all priceless.” Teresa LeYung Ryan, writing-career coach, author of Build My Writer’s Name and Platform: Attract Agents, Acquisition Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention
Tags: self-publishing, amazon createspace, christy pinheiro, nick russell, step by step guide, book publishing, print on demand

Here’s the link to all the book reviews I’ve written on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2N7SSE36ACHMR/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp

Sincerely,
Teresa LeYung Ryan, author & writing-career coach, founder of GraceArt Publishing

Build My Writer’s Name and Platform: Attract Agents, Acquisition Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention
is the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook.
“Reach out, not stress out, when building your writer’s name.” http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

Hello, Everyone,

I have exciting news.  Today I registered my own publishing company – GraceArt Publishing.  I thank my dear mastermind buddies who have encouraged me these past two years to re-invent myself again.  Thank you, author Luisa Adams, for coming up with “GraceArt.”  Thank you, plot consultant, author & publisher Martha Alderson, for trail-blazing.

I’m proud to be a publisher. I can better support bookstores, booksellers, schools, libraries, and the entire book community now.

Since January 2010 I have been updating my 22-minutes for 22 days workbook to help authors build their names/platforms to attract agents, acquisition editors and publishers. Printing and shipping my workbook have been time-consuming and costly.  After reading The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit! Start a Own Home-Based Publishing Company and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book with CreateSpace and Amazon, I have decided to use the CreateSpace program for my workbook.

Now I am not only the author but also the publisher and owner of the ISBN (the book’s I.D. number); Amazon will print-on-demand, produce the e-book version of my workbook, distribute, and fulfill orders.  As the publisher, I will continue to promote my book; also I can update it as often as I want.

So, I have changed the title of my workbook from Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published to:  Build My Writer’s Name and Platform: Attract Agents, Acquisition Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention. I like Build Your Name, Beat the Game ” though (love the rhyme–thank you Elisa Southard); I can use it as my workshop title.

May the force be with you, Writers & Publishers!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan

“Reach out, not stress out, when building your writer’s name/platform.” http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

My first book turned seven on October 1, 2009.  So much has happened since. I wish to publicly thank the following people for helping me bring Love Made of Heart into the world and sending her to wonderful places:

archived in the San Francisco History Center

archived in the San Francisco History Center

  • Everyone recognized on the acknowledgment page of Love Made of Heart
  • My agent Stacey Glick and all her colleagues at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
  • Editor John Scognamiglio, president Steven Zacharius, publisher Laurie Perkin, art director Lou Malcangi, sales director Debbie Tobias then, sales director Doug Mendini, author Libba Bray, copy-editor Jacquie Edwards, and Everyone who were at (or associated with) Kensington Publishing Corp. NY (so many talented folks).
  • Nancy Suib, Anne Shulenberger and all independent sales reps;
  • Folk who are associated with booksellers, libraries, schools, book groups.
  • My darling husband, sister & brother-in-law, family members, friends, mentors and colleagues
  • Folks related to Women’s National Book Association, California Writers Club, California Reading Association, California School Library Association, San Francisco History Center
  • Teachers & students in Advanced Composition/English-as-a-Second-Language classes
  • Readers
  • Everyone who helped me quietly (the secret angels)

I wish you all a healthful & prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan
http://WritingCoachTeresa.com
http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com

As an author and a community member, I use my novel Love Made of Heart to:
• help mothers and daughters speak from the heart
• shed light on stigmas suffered by immigrants
• advocate compassion for mental illness
• help survivors of family violence find their own voices
http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com

Love Made of Heart is the story of Ruby Lin, a Chinese-immigrant-daughter, and her journey to self-forgiveness.

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